Happy Homemaker Monday 11/30

Had a really nice Thanksgiving, enjoying all the leftovers 🙂  On Saturday, our local High School football team played in the State Final game at the Indianapolis Colts stadium.  This is not the high school I went to, (actually our rival) but it’s the one my son went to for his senior year, and is right across the street from us.  They didn’t win, but it was an accomplishment nonetheless, and an awesome memory for those students to play at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.



I finished Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery.  The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun. But I had downloaded the one from one of her previous Christmas stories, and I kept checking the list, and I was like I’m usually into the details of a book, but hadn’t come across any of the things on the list after like 4 chapters.   Yeah…wrong list, lol.  Like all the other Fool’s Gold Christmases, there was a wedding in this one.  Good holiday stories.

What I am starting next for my holiday reading is The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans.  This is an actual book, and it’s one of those books that’s a really nice size, hard covered, beautiful cover design…my eyes will be crossing from the small print though, LOL.  My mom got this one from the library, and it sounds really good.  Romance, Christmastime, a writer’s workshop at the Mistletoe Inn, two aspiring writers sharing their dreams, their writing and their troubled pasts…yeah…this oughta be good 😉

These are easy to make, and a great way to use leftover turkey.  I add mozzarella cheese when I make the sandwiches, (and a little mayo on my own).

Cranberry BBQ Turkey Sandwiches

1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
6 cups shredded cooked turkey breast
12 sandwich buns, split

In a large saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until sauce is thickened.

Stir in turkey; simmer 4-5 minutes longer or until heated through. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun. Yield: 12 servings.

I watched this the other night with the kids, and it was so much fun to watch.  On the Food Network, All-Star Gingerbread Build with Food Network’s master bakers, Duff Goldman and Ron Ben-Israel, and HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott.  So much fun, our favorite bakers and builders!!  They had to build a 12′ x 12′ Gingerbread house, that had furniture on the inside, and a yard on the outside.  They were awesome!!  The prize was a donation in their names to a charity.  The Property Brothers were on opposite teams, and it was so much fun to watch their twin/sibling rivalry come out, add Duff’s personality to that, and watching Ron Ben-Israel use a power saw…too much fun!!


I am the head elf on the exterior illumination, and got that done on Sunday.  It was a bit chilly, but I’m glad it is done 🙂 “250 Strands of lights….100 individual bulbs per strand….for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights.”  (Clark Griswold)  LOL…it’s not that extravagant, but pretty enough.

We started on the inside decorations, my daughter and youngest son are having fun, it’s like HGTV in here.

Friday – Illuminated Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting.  Did I mention the live reindeer?!?!?
Saturday – Decorating the library for the Christmas Gala
Sunday – Library Christmas Gala: Decorated Christmas trees, music by The Heavenly Harps, finger food and beverages.

My mom is one of the librarians, and the President of the Friends of the Library, so I volunteer to help set-up their bigger events.  They haven’t done a Christmas event like this, so it should be really nice.  I mean what’s not to like, Christmas time at the library!!

I saw this last year, and it is too funny.  These two guys, lol.  Now whenever I hear The Twelve Days of Christmas, I think of these two.



We are now listening to Christmas music 24/7.  So I’ll be sharing my some of my favorites.  This one reminds me of my childhood.  I just love this arrangement.

11 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday 11/30

    • Thanks for stopping by Peechy!! Try the turkey sandwiches, you won’t be disappointed 🙂 I don’t actually have 25,000 lights, It’s from a movie, lol. But mine do look nice though. Hope you have a great week!!


  1. That leftover turkey sounds SO good!! And that book sounds like it was absolutely made for you!! 🙂

    I’ve been loving those holiday baking shows too and I relate WAY too well with your inspiration cartoon!! Bahahaha!! ;p

    I love that arrangement of Little Drummer Boy too – absolutely breathtaking. But those goofy 12 days guys were hilarious!!! I was giggling so much towards the end especially when they were getting all tired out. And when they finally reach the end and the one guy just shouts out “Verizon” I was in tears. Lol!! Love it!

    Happy Holidays dear Friend and blessings for a wonderful week!!! xoxo

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    • I’m so glad you watched the 12 days guys, I have watched it several times myself this year, my kids just love it. Whenever I hear that song on the radio I think of those two. I love when the guy says, “stop calling”, LOL. Such fun!!

      🙂 glad you like the background. I changed it late on November 30th, but then the next day, the 1st, I was reading all these other WordPress blogs and they had snow falling, and I was like, I want snow falling on my blog!! I remembered they had the feature last year, and you had to turn it on. But this year they did it automatically, because when I previewed my blog, it was snowing 🙂

      Have a wonderful week dear gal!! xx


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